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Guest Recital: Daniel Kahn

"Borders & Ballads"

  1. Thursday September 26 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall

Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer, songwriter, translator, and U-M alumnus Daniel Kahn returns to Ann Arbor for an intimate polyglot program in Yiddish, English, Russian, German, and French. Featuring images and subtitles designed and projected by co-translator and partner Yeva Lapsker, Kahn’s soundscapes traverse the borders of language, culture, history, and politics. Featuring acclaimed violinist and long-time collaborator Jake Shulman-Ment, this rare encounter draws on Kahn’s own original songs and his translations of Yiddish folksongs and 20th century bards such as Okudzhava, Cohen, Gebirtig, Brecht, and Brassens. In a time, haunted by the spectres of displacement and despotism, these are ballads without borders, anthems of solidarity and solitude, smuggled stories, forgotten futures.

Sponsored by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Free - no tickets required